The Wicked Wager by Anya Wylde – Book Review

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About the Book:

The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey. The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over. ‘Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green. Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult, His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer. Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient). His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.

About the Author:

Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

My Opinion:

At first when I started this tale I was not sure of it. Then as I continued to read I realized that it was not to be taken seriously and once I did that I found myself totally enjoying the froth and fizz of Ms. Wylde’s venture in Regency England. The book starts as our heroine, Miss Emma Grey is cursing in the moonlight. She is found by our hero, Lord Richard Hamilton, as he is trying to escape the clutches of yet another eligible young women. He has sworn never to marry. But one look at Emma and he finds himself in love for the first time in his life. He wants to marry and he wants to marry NOW.

Emma’s uncle, the Duke feels they should wait so that Emma does not find herself in a marriage that is not going to founded on a solid basis. Lord Hamilton feels he is smarter than the Duke so he arranges to outsmart him with a wager with Emma.

Of course the premise is patently absurd and the plot devolves from there but despite this I just had fun reading the book. I didn’t have to think, I didn’t have to go and research history, I could just enjoy a light read. There is a touch of a murder mystery at the end and even that was easy on the brain. The book is described as a farce and that is a perfect description. If you just let go and enjoy it for what it is you will enjoy the romp that is The Wicked Wager.

You can purchase The Wicked Wager on (Kindle only)

Disclosure:  I received an e-copy of The Wicked Wager from the author, gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.


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